Long ago Rob Gronkovsky’s pension announcements earlier this week, countless 2019 NFL drafts have been used by the New England Patriots to stop the first-round pick from choosing a successor for the future Hall of Fame. Most of those who laugh will see Bill Belichick pull the trigger on one of Iowa’s two sides in the TJ Hockenson and Noah Fant project.
Both Iowa ideas are unique talents, but neither is Gronk. To be fair, we can never beat a tight end with the ability of a passing elite, a running track and a Gronkovsky shutter completely to a single package in a narrow end position.
So this begs the question: why spend the first man on the narrow end?
New England has a few other needs to fill the project ahead. It’s very different from Belichik to use a first-round pick or choose between Hockenson or Fant, and both players choose at number 32.
A logical scenario and possibly the development of a tight bottom circuit that would probably fly a little under the radar would be worked out, but his skill set isn’t far from those two narrow corners of Iowa.
Here are five cheap choices on the narrow end that the Patriots could target in the 2019 NFL Draft as the final replacement for Rob Gronkovsky.
Warring has a size of 6 feet-5, 250 pounds. He is an excellent runner of the route at low speeds. As a blocker, he had a small sample size, but was never responsible at the college level. He has the potential to become an NFL starter from the middle of nowhere.